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UM bike swap an affordable chance to gear up

The Great Maine Bike Swap, held by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the University of Maine Cycling Club, is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center in Orono.

Admission is $3, free for UMaine students and children 12 and under.

Shoshana Hoose of the Bicycle Coalition reports you will find “hundreds of affordable used bicycles in good, working condition” and that you can “shop for bikes, sell bikes or both.”

Bike gear will be available, as will miniworkshops, a test-riding area and volunteer advisers to help with pricing and bike fit.

A portion of the bike sales helps support BCM’s bike safety and education program.

For information, visit or call 623-4511.

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Executive director Bette Hoxie reports the Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine 11th Annual Conference is April 17-18 at the Bangor Motor Inn and Convention Center.

“Finding Your Voice in Advocacy” is designed for foster, adoptive and kinship parents, caseworkers, lawyers, court-appointed special advocates, adoption workers, judges, educators and child welfare advocates.

For information, call Hoxie at 800-833-9786 or 827-2331 or e-mail

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Thalia Webb invites you to the grand opening of the Newport Cultural Center noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at 154 Main St.

A ribbon-cutting, artwork, a Susan Page Davis book-signing and refreshments are included.

For information, call 368-5038.

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The Bangor Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Acadia Hospital, 268 Stillwater Ave., Bangor.

Secretary Rose Williams reports the guest speaker is Dr. Edward Drasby of Port City Neurology in Scarborough, “a specialist in movement disorders.”

For information, call Williams, 746-5079, Bonnie Bragg, 843-5908 or Michelle McDonald, 262-5095.

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Fields Pond Audubon Center environmental educator Ruth Perry needs volunteers for its children’s “Wonderful Wetlands” tours. Two-hour training sessions are planned for Tuesday, April 21; Wednesday, April 29; Thursday, April 30; Wednesday, May 6, at 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden.

For information, call 989-2591.

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To celebrate TV Turn Off Week, Mount Desert Island Hospital invites children to get a behind-the-scenes view of their hospital during an open house 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Bar Harbor.

Children should be preregistered with Brenda Sprague. Call 288-5082, ext. 1198, or e-mail

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Memory Joggers, a program of My Friend’s Place for people experiencing early memory loss, will hold a free informational meeting 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor.

Co-facilitators Barbara Fister and Kristin Sutherland will talk about a day at Memory Joggers.

For information, call 945-0122.

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Jean McLaughlin e-mailed that anyone can join a bus tour Friday, April 24, to Keepsake Quilting and Settlers’ Green Outlet Mall in New Hampshire.

The cost for the day trip is $60, “and we still have space available, “ McLaughlin wrote of this trip arranged by “a group of quilting ladies in need of a Spring Fling.”

For more information, call McLaughlin at 848-3749.

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Marjorie Longwood of the Blue Hill Historical Society e-mailed that a few openings remain for anyone who wants to take “the fabulous Third Annual Blue Hill Historical Society tour” for five days and four nights beginning Sept. 13 to the Lake Champlain area.

“It will be an opportunity to learn about the War of 1812 and its impact upon America soil.”

For information, call Jan Crofoot, 374-2377.

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As you are reading this, my husband and I are on “Spring Break,” enjoying the company of our East Coast kids and grandkids. My column returns to this section Tuesday, April 21.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402;; 990-8288.

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